Highland Staff

Becky Almanza

Becky Almanza

CMA Director

Becky is the Coordinator for Christian Ministries of Abilene. She graduated from ACU and is currently completing her Masters degree.

Joe Almanza

Joe Almanza

Freedom Minister

Joe came to Highland in 2004. Joe directs Freedom Fellowship and serves as a Chaplain at the Taylor County Jail and Prison Minister.

Tepi Alvarez

Tepi Alvarez

Administrative Assistant

Tepi came to Abilene from Colorado and graduated from ACU in 1992. She's married to Lupe and they have 2 children. She joined the Highland staff in 2009.

Antenor Goncalves

Antenor Goncalves

Missionary to Brazil

Antenor and Phyllis have been serving as missionaries in Itu, Brazil since 1999. They serve alongside their daughter, Ali, and they have a son named Paul.

Ryan Binkley

Ryan Binkley

Missionary to Thailand

Ryan and his wife Ning live in Chiang Mai, Thailand with their three children. Ryan works with a local church in Chiang Mai and also leads our efforts in the fight against human trafficking.

Shelli Bridges

Shelli Bridges

Nursery Coordinator

Shelli Graduated from ACU in 1993. She married Kevin in 1991, and they have 4 children, Shelby, Travis, Tyler, and Nathan. She joined the Highland staff in 2008.

Sarah Campbell

Sarah Campbell

University and Marriage Minister

In three words, Sarah is compassionate, hopeful and real. She is married to Kevin and has 3 boys - Zach, Cole & Jace. She joined the staff in 2003.

Abbi English

Abbi English

Student Ministry Assistant

Abbi is in her last semester at ACU. She's engaged to Jacob Thomsen, and they have one dog. She joined highland staff in the summer of 2017.

Jim Etheredge

Jim Etheredge

Facilities Manager

Jim is married to Gretchen, and they have two children, Madalyn and Ethan. Jim has been a part of the Highland staff since 2003.

Carin Ezzell

Carin Ezzell

Cash Manager and Executive Assistant

Carin graduated from Abilene High in 1990 and Texas A&M in 1994. She's married to Steven and has two sons, Andrew and Matthew. She joined the staff in 2012.

Gretchen Etheredge, M.MFT, LMFT

Gretchen Etheredge, M.MFT, LMFT

Director of the Counseling Center

Gretchen and her husband Jim have been members at Highland since 2002. They have two children Madalyn and Ethan. She's been on staff since 2015.

Jeff Nelson

Jeff Nelson

Worship Minister

Jeff graduated from ACU in 1979. He’s married to Carol and they have two children, Christopher and Nataleigh. Jeff joined the Highland staff in 2017.

Debra McCoy

Debra McCoy

Worship assistant

Debra is married to Brad and they have three boys and two grandchildren. Debra is an ACU grad, and she has been with the Highland staff since 2014

Gaylynn Michaud

Gaylynn Michaud

Early Childhood Coordinator

Gay Lynn and her husband Mike have three children and one granddaughter. She began working with Children's Ministry in 1995, and joined the staff in 2002.

Suzetta Nutt

Suzetta Nutt

Children's Minister

Suzetta has served at Highland for over 25 years. One of her passions is joining children on their spiritual journey. She and her husband, Bob, have 3 children.

Ben Pickett

Ben Pickett

Discipleship Minister

Ben's ministry seeks to help Highland adults grow in faith and love. He and his wife, Kerry, joined Highland in 2014. Ben has a Doctor of Ministry degree from ACU.

Matt Pinson

Matt Pinson

Director of Communications

Matt graduated from ACU in 2003, and married his wife Christine that same year. They have three boys, Jack, Sam, and Owen. He joined the staff in 2011.

Dickie Porche

Dickie Porche

Administrative Minister

Dickie joined the staff in 1998. Dickie’s main roles through the years have been connecting and administration. He and his wife Becky have two children.

Amy Pybus

Amy Pybus

Accounting and HR Coordinator

Amy has worked in the Finance office since 2005. Amy has been married to Kenneth Pybus since 1990, they have two children, Jackson and Lauren.

Derran Reese

Derran Reese

Director of Global Ministries

Derran graduated from ACU and served as a missionary in Thailand for 7 years. He's been on staff since 2014. He is married to Ann, and they have three children.

Beth Reeves

Beth Reeves

Congregational Care Minister

Beth ministers to people in times of crisis, illness, and loss. She joined the staff in 2005. She's the mom to 5 sons; Joshua, Luke, Benjamin, Micah, and Jacob.

Shea Lea Roberson

Kristin Sessions

YCW Director

Kristin is an ACU grad from Nashville, Tennessee. She is married to Highland Student Minister David Sessions. They have two children, Cale and Mae.

David Sessions

David Sessions

Student Minister

David earned a M.Div degree from Lipscomb in 2010. He’s married to Kristin, and they have two children, Cale and Mae. David joined the Highland staff in 2016.

Ben Siburt

Ben Siburt

Executive Minister

Ben is married to Emme, and they have two daughters. Ben graduated from ACU, and he has a doctorate of ministry in church leadership from SMU.

Michael Stanford

Michael Stanford

Associate Worship Minister

Michael was born & raised in Nashville. He began leading worship in 2009. He joined Highland's staff in August 2015 as the Associate Worship Minister.

Cindy Stewart

Cindy Stewart

Special Events Coordinator

Cindy graduated from LCU in 1990. She's married to Jonathan, and they have 2 daughters. She joined the Highland staff in 2013.

Jonathan Storment

Jonathan Storment

Preaching Minister

Jonathan graduated in 2003 from Harding and finished a Master’s degree from ACU in 2012. Jonathan has been the Preaching Minister at Highland since 2010.

Tammy Shirley

Tammy Shirley

Administrative Assistant

Tammy graduated from Wayland University in 1991. She's married to John and they have 2 sons and 3 grandchildren. She joined the staff in 2017.

Zane Witcher

Zane Witcher

Associate Preaching and University Minister

Zane is the Associate Preaching & University Minister. He joined the staff in 2015. He is an ACU Grad, and is still pursuing his wife, Carolina.